Syrian diplomat in Geneva defects, Swiss media say

August 13, 2012 18:13

GENEVA - A junior Syrian diplomat accredited to the United Nations in Geneva has defected, Swiss media said on Monday, the latest member of Syria's establishment known to have turned against President Bashar Assad during an uprising against his rule.

Dany Al Ba'aj is listed as third secretary at the Syrian mission to the UN in Geneva, where he was part of its delegation to the Human Rights Council. He is not known to have addressed the 47-member forum, which has condemned Assad's government four times during the conflict.

"I announced my resignation on Friday on a Syrian web site and informed the Syrian charge d'affaires in Geneva," the Swiss news agency ATS quoted him as saying.

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